Born in Liverpool in 1970 and formerly worked as a Veterinary Surgeon, Kathy moved to Ivybridge in 2000. Unfortunately, ill health meant she had to retire from veterinary work, but in 2010 she studied for 2 years at Plymouth College of Art and obtained an Extended Diploma in Photography. She completed a well-received Final Major Project whilst at College which highlighted the problems facing the Dartmoor Pony – part of the final presentation involved a published work, “The Dartmoor Pony: A Life of Uncertainty – A Future in Crisis?” Her main passion is Fine Art Animal Portraiture but has recently discovered a new love for Landscape Photography, in particular, focusing on the Ancient and Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor and its magnificent Tors and vistas.
Kathy has used her photography to further animal welfare and conservation causes, contributing imagery to Dartmoor Zoological Park, The Wildlife Heritage Foundation Big Cat Sanctuary, Kent, The Mare and Foal Sanctuary, Newton Abbot, and most recently The Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust based at Dartmoor National Park HQ, Bovey Tracey.
She has also provided images to a Conservation Group in Bengal, India, which was published in a book aimed to help protection of endangered species. She has also been published in Photography Monthly magazine and World of Animals Magazine. Kathy has recently extended her work with local charities by becoming a volunteer working with the Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust in their ‘Ponies Inspiring People’ sessions. “In the absence of no longer being able to help animals in a very practical way, it is a life changing thing to be able to use the powerful medium of photography, utilizing the potent voice that an image can elicit, to help animals in a new way.”